U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to assure lawmakers on Wednesday that the United States would not sign off on Japan’s entry into trans-Pacific trade talks until it is confident Tokyo is ready to meet high U.S. goals for the pact.

“We’ve been very honest (in talks with the Japanese) that they have to meet those standards,” Kirk told the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee at hearing on the Obama administration’s trade agenda. “Frankly, it’s in Japan’s hand to demonstrate their willingness to address these issues.”